Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


This week’s challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas was a photo one, showing lots of flowers and colors of white, coral and mint green. My inspiration came in the form of an ATC using the Patterned Petals set to stamp then adding some small Prima flowers and white acrylic paint from Ranger. It was fun and I can use what I learned this time to make my next acrylic project even better!

The Cats Pajamas

I joined a couple more Artist Trading Card (ATC) swaps at Rubber Stamp Chat last month. Here are the ones that I made for the Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Horse themed swaps. The Alice stamps are from Lost Coast Designs, the witch and horse stamps are from Starving Artistamps.

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With Easter hopping along soon, I joined a Bunny swap over at Rubber Stamp Chat.

The bunny that I chose is too funny! He’s part of the DoodleFactory sets at Starving Artistamps. I flocked him and used my new grass border punch for the fun stuff at his feet. You can’t help but smile when you see him right?

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Starving Artistamps


Starving Artistamps rubber stamp

Tsukineko ink

Stampendous flocking

Border punch

For Fun challenge, bunnies

My local ATC (Artist Trading Card) Club theme for April is “Spring in Paris”. I was able to play around with some very cool digital collage sheets and came up with the design below. The collage sheet was copied onto a transparency then cut down to fit onto the punched edge ATC background. The base paper was distressed with Vintage Photo ink to give it a nice weathered look. Some of the design detail was traced on the back of the transparency with Crystal Lacquer then sprinkled with glitter. When viewed from the front, it gives a nice but subtle shimmer. Add a faux postage stamp and fiber and voila! C’est finis!



Victorian Vignettes Collage sheet

Graphic 45 paper

Ranger ink

P K Glitz glitter

Sakura Crystal Lacquer

Corner punch, fiber

A couple days ago I posted a cute altered mini mailbox to hold ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). Well, here are some of the cards that go in them! I trade with some local ladies every couple of months. It’s SO fun!

We haven’t met as a Club for 2-3 months, so we had a little catching up to do. November’s theme was “Wonders of the World”, December was “Freestyle” and January was “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”.

For the November theme, I chose the Pyramids since I found a PERFECT stamp in my stash! The Pyramids are from My Paper Moon and the depth background is from Lost Coast Designs. The small frame on the very outer edges is from Starving Artistamps. Lots of layers in this ATC!



My Paper Moon Pyramids rubber stamp

Lost Coast Designs Perspective background rubber stamp

Starving Artistamps Trim rubber stamp

Purple Onion Designs alphabet rubber stamps

Ranger ink

P K Glitz embossing powders

The “freestyle” ATCs were actually all different with the theme of Under the Sea. I used twinchies that I had swapped with the ladies on Rubber Stamp Chat and added a cool Distress Ink background to make it more interesting.



Starving Artistamp seaweed stamps in the background

Twinchies from RSC

The last ATC to share today is the “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” one. I used Stampers Anonymous stamps and layered them once again. It came out pretty cool.



Stampers Anonymous rubber stamps

Ranger embossing ink and embossing powder

Tsukineko ink

The theme for this month’s ATC Club is Halloween! It just happens to be Whimsie Doodles weekly challenge #53 too, how nice! Here’s an ATC using the Halloween Mini set from Whimsie Doodles. Classic Halloween colors with some spooky inking. 🙂 Enjoy!

Whimsie Doodles


Whimsie Doodles digital stamp set, Halloween Minis

Tim Holtz web mask

Web border punch

Copic markers

Inque Boutique saying

Tsukineko ink

I met with my ATC (Artist Trading Card) Club this past weekend. Those girls are SO fun! We laugh and trade stories of our lives over the past month or two since we last met. It’s boggling what can happen over that short period of time!

Our August theme was Victorian and our September was Bling. Since there is only 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ to work on, small stamps and images work best. It is the ultimate to use up those small scraps and embellishments that hang around your work space! I can’t tell you how long I’ve had the self-adhesive hand-dyed silk that served as the backdrop for the chandelier – TOO LONG! I had just enough to make 5 ATCs!

Anyway, take a peek and be inspired by these small marvels!


Victorian Vignettes digital image
Lace and buttons
Starving Artistamps/DoodleFactory Chandelier rubber stamp and sentiment
Kaisercraft bling
Ranger Stickles



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?